Mood, girlfriend

So I looked up at this lady in the lobby of Atlanta’s High Museum of Art while trying to eat a salad (bad choice after Novocaine), and thought about the past two weeks of being prodded, pressed, probed, and pricked daily at one doctor’s office or another as I’m blasting through the exhaustive list of…

Meet Audrey, Dorothy, and Emily

Meet Audrey, Dorothy, and Emily. They were my students yesterday in my last free Traveling at the Speed of Bike class for women in metro Atlanta. Audrey was a member of my team, Trusting the Journey, for Biketober, although we hadn’t met in person. She brought Dorothy, who is an au pair from South Africa…

And thus ended Biketober

I Rode to Joy again yesterday after Traveling at the Speed of Bike from my home to a MARTA train station; riding the train to Midtown, Atlanta; and then riding to the City of Decatur for my weekly volunteer assignment with the Global Village Project school for refugee girls. I stop at this interactive public…

The Snuffaluffagus drugs

I’m knee deep in an exhaustive number of medical appointments, blood tests, vaccinations, clinical report-gathering, etc. for my Peace Corps clearance (while dragging a terrific memoir named How to Cook a Crocodile, about a NYC chef who served in the Peace Corps over age 50, to offices and hospitals all around metro Atlanta). I think…

These hands

I am Traveling at the Speed of Bike with BikeNoodle today to my local police department to get my fingerprints for the Peace Corps (as if that’s the most normal sentence in the world). And I’m thinking about my fingerprints — well, rather, my weathered hands, and how they’ve skipped right over my mother’s and…

Motivation statement

I had to submit an updated Motivation Statement after the Peace Corps asked me to reapply when I wasn’t accepted for Jamaica. If interested, here is what I sent (without the photo, which is from my current weekly volunteer assignment) a month or so ago that led to the interview and offer for Uganda as…

“Dear Patricia”

I have a super hard decision to make this morning, wth big thanks to my letters-of-recommendation writers who started my on this journey, K. Rashid Nuri, Rebecca Rohloff Clough, and Robyn Elliott when I originally applied for Jamaica (just 2 hours away). But Jamaica is not where I was ultimately called to serve*. I have…

Issue 8 (final one): Create

Okay, here’s the final issue of my weekly newsletter. Thanks for joining me on this little newsletter journey the last 8 weeks. I created it in case I got the Peace Corps Jamaica thing so I would have a concise way to do monthly updates on a wide range of sustainability-related topics over the next…